Yesterday I started work on a 10 foot 12 plait Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull Style Bullwhip. Here’s what I’ve done so far:
Then I prepared the handle foundation and attached the core.
After the core I stared working on the 4 plait kangaroo belly. First I cut out the sets for the two plaited bellies, then attached the inner belly set to the handle:
Then I put a bolster over the top of that belly:
After the inner bolster I attached the outer 4 plait kangaroo belly:
That belly gets braided:
And a bolster gets put on top of that:
In the above picture you can see a lot of the tools that I use to make my bolster. I use a straight edge, caliper, and a pen. After the boslter gets attached it’s time to cut the strands for the overlay and do all the strand prep:
The picture above is of the 12 plait overlay set after I’ve done all the strand prep. Now it’s time to start working on plaiting the overlay:
While working on this bullwhip’s overlay I was about 24 inches into the when I noticed a mispliat about 2 inches past the checkerboard plaiting. If the misplait was further down the thong I’d leave it because it’s a cosmetic issue and won’t change how the whip works. But since the misplait was right after the checkerboard it really stood out…so I got to undo the whip and back it up to to just past the handle to fix it, then replait the whip.
I’m hoping that I will have time to get a good chunk of the overlay finished today, I’m going out of town for the long weekend, and dont’ want a half finished overlay hanging around that long.